Category: Soccer News

Coritiba vs Internacional – Brazil Serie A 21/05/2014

Coritiba vs Internacional

Coritiba news:

Unable to react to Cruzeiro crosses,  they were losing 2-1 at halftime, although in between they had equalized with Alex’s header. They equalized for a second time with Neto’s header in 55′ but subsequently they suffered heavy pressure, the opponent had a great chance when the ball hit the post and finally scored 3-2 in 69′.

They were left with the good  impressions but  they have complained about two penalties.

Internacional news:

They were inattentive to the final attempt , they could not find the goal that would give them the win at “Santa Catarina”.

They were hardly threatened and played with more players from the 43′ minute, but D’Alessandro was limited and this cost them creatively.

Internacional did not manage to win but they stayed on the top of the league.

Lazio vs Bologna – Italy Serie A 18/05/2014

Lazio vs Bologna

Lazio news:

Lazio started the derby ideally against Inter Milan taking the lead just in the second minute of the match. They were betrayed quickly from the mistakes of their defense and found to lose 3-1 at the end of the first half. After this defeat they definitively lost any hope to claim the expense in Europe.

“We conceded 3 identical goals” Edoardo Reja claimed and continued saying “We believed in the expense in Europe but we did not managed that. Injuries and punishments cost us, as well as the failures we had in our home matches”.

Bologna news:

With their performances in the second round they were heading quickly for relegation. That was confirmed by the recent home defeat to Catania, even if they were playing with an extra player from the 29′  to the 84′ minute of the match.

“I am deeply sad” Davide Ballardini claimed, who considers crucial period for the team’s relegation, the period of January: “The other teams bought from 3 to 12 players. We  required 4 – 5  transfers but unlikely this, Diamanti left the team. “

Chievo vs Inter -Italy Serie A 18/05/2014

Chievo vs Inter

Chievo news:

They found it difficult enough but finally they managed to win Cagliari thanks to Dainelli’s goal in 72′ minute. They secured their position in Serie A in relation with Livorno’s and Bologna’s defeats.

Eugenio Corini was very happy and congratulated his players for their success. The team’s  management determined reduced ticket prices for the match against Inter Milan in order to attract more fans and celebrate the happy end of the season.

Corini was delighted at press conference. “This was the second rescue for the team having me on the bench and i am very happy about that. “

Inter news:

They were losing to Lazio from the very first minutes but they quickly scored three goals up to the end of the first half. The final score (4-1) secured them mathematically in fifth place and gave them the ticket for the Uefa Europa League for the next season , after an absence of one year.

Emotion was prevailed for the great captain’s last goodbye, Javier Zanetti, who experienced unprecedented glorification from everyone in the stadium.

Walter Mazzarri abstained from the press conference and was replaced by Piero Auzilio. The athletic director confirmed that Mazzarri will be on the bench of Inter Milan for the next season, while made known that Samuel’s and Cambiasso’s contracts will not be renewed.

Spain Primera Division – Valladolid vs Granada 18/05/2014

Valladolid news:

They ‘committed suicide’ in Andalusia, after losing to doomed to relegation Betis, in a match that was judged by a direct free kick in injury time. Valladolid managed to lead the score three times but they got drawn equal number of times after a few minutes.

“We must have faith until the last second” Juan Ignacio Martinez said. even if he knew that the scenarios for continuing in Primera Division are not many.

Granada news:

They have 0ne win in their 8 last matches, probably being in the worst form from the beginning of the season.

Their position is very difficult after their last defeat to Almeria 0-2, in a match that went wrong from the first minutes when they committed an unnecessary penalty in 19′.

Almost the same way they conceded the second goal in the second half which cost them a sent off.

“It was a very bad day. We have only a bullet left.” coach Lucas Alcarath explained.

Spain Primera Division – Almeria vs Athletic Bilbao 18/05/2014

Almeria news:

Winning three times in a row, Almeria managed to make a step to stay in Primera Division. Their last victim was Granada (0-2). Almeria took the three points with two controversial penalies (19′, 64′) , both key to the outcome of the match. The first one because it completely changed the psychology of the match and the second one because it cost Granada a sent off.

The whole city will attend the match.

“They considered us dead, but we are still here. We have suffered a lot this season. We’ll go for the win, so there is no need to wait for somebody’s else bad result.” said the midfielder Corona.

“The team’s secret is the unity in the locker room” Oscer Dias said.

Atlhetic Bilbao news:

The Basque derby had no particular interest, just as it was expected, so the draw was fair against Real Sociedad (1-1). It was an open match, without great passion, was judged with two goals in the second half. Muniain scored for Athletic in 49′ and Agirretxe tied the score in 75′ minute.

“The lack of need cost us the points. We wanted to get ahead the 70 points in front of our supporters.” Ernesto Valverde emphasized.

We remind you that Athletic Bilbao has secured a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers since last week .

Netherlands vs Ecuador 1-1 Friendly 17/05/2014

All eyes were on Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal on Saturday as his side drew 1-1 at home to Ecuador.

Van Gaal has been the subject of intense speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s position at Manchester United, emerging as a clear front-runner to succeed David Moyes.

He was insistent that his focus remains solely on the Netherlands until his future is cleared up in an official capacity, but media reports claim Man United could confirm his appointment within the next days.

Robin van Persie pulled the Dutch level just before halftime after Jefferson Montero put Ecuador one up early on.

Van Persie and company were wasteful in front of goal as the hosts’ World Cup warm-up got off to a stuttering start.

Ecuador capitalised on that let-off in the 9 minute when Veltman failed to cut out Caicedo’s defence-splitting pass and Montero coolly slotted past Jasper Cillessen.

Caicedo was forced off with an innocuous injury and things got even worse soon after as Van Persie equalised.

The Man United player brought down Jordy Clasie’s long ball on the chest and smashed past the helples Banguera 8 minutes before the break.

Netherlands should have taken the lead just after the hour mark, but Van Persie failed to connect properly with Patrick van Aanholt’s low cross right in front of goal.

Van Aanholt was presented with a chance of his own in the closing stages, but the Chelsea-owned full-back’s finish was tame.

The crowning of the Spanish champion – Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 17/05/2014

Barcelona news:

They continued their bad appearances and got a draw 1-1 against Elche, although the final result did not changed their chances for the championship. Iniesta had a great chance in the first half and another great one along with Messi in the second,  against a well organized opponent.

“We want the championship and we’ll dedicate it to Tito Vilanova” said Messi.

Barca is one win away from the Spanish title while all the other competitors do not seem to believe in its conquest.

During the week , Victor Valdes left to Germany, Carles Puyol stated that he stops football and Messi renew his contract for 20 million annually.

Atletico Madrid news:

Frustrated and out of ideas, Atletico Madrid did not manage to win Malaga (1-1) at Vicente Calderon Stadium. They received the first goal after a big mistake between Alderweireld and Courtois, scored for the draw a few minutes later and had a great chance to Adrian.

During the week they play the labors of the whole year. Today against Barcelona and next Saturday at Lisbon against Real Madrid for the Uefa Champions League Final.

“We have different playing style, but this does not mean that we play only for defence. Of course in order to attack properly, firstly you have to play good defence. I do not expect a match to be judged quickly, even though Barcelona will try to attack from the beginning” , Diego Simeone said.

Norway Tippeligaen – Brann vs Bodo Glimt 16/05/2014

Brann news:

In the battle among the disenchanted, Brann were better prepared and they fairly made ​​their first away win since last August.

Brann was the team that dominated, they had more opportunities in the match and could make their victory bigger.

This was just the third win for Brann in their last 16 most recent matches for the league.

The good news are the conclusion of an agreement with a new sponsor and a respected amount of money that will give the team financial comfort.

Bodo Glimt news:

They came back to wins after a month and they breathed a sigh.

The 2-1 win to Haugesund came mainly due to their  greater failure in the final attempt for goal.

The opponents were evenly matched after they had approximately the same scoring chances. They led 2-0 at half-time with two gorgeous goals but after the reduction of the score (74′) they passed difficult moments.

Norway Tippeligaen – Lillestrom vs Molde 16/05/2014

Lillestrom news:

They tightened their defense, became more serious and reached four consecutive matches without defeat.

They won 2-0 to Odd, in a match in which they took advantage of the fatigue and the defensive instability of the home team. They scored twice in the 11′ and 40′ minute of the match. They maintained their lead with relative ease and won a very important game for the season.

Financial difficulties raise concerns together with the absense of a major sponsor. According to reports, the old owner of the group gave a loan to the current management with the payback time estimated up to 10 years.

Molde news:

They lost the opportunity to gain significant difference from the second title contenders, Stromsgodset, which drew 2-2 in a game that they preceded twice (28′, 79′) but they got drawn both times (66′, 90′), paying the mistakes of their defensive line.

Once again their presence in the attack line was bold but the important think is that their victorious streak of 5 matches has come to an end.

Norway Tippeligaen – Viking vs Sandnes ULF 16/05/2014

Viking news:

They escaped undefeated yet another game, 1-1 to Valerenga in Oslo.

However they amply demonstrated in this game that they have strong character and they do not give up.

Including last season, they count nine consecutive matches without defeat, such a performance was not seen from Viking since 2005.!! They have only been beaten by Aalesund in the last 23 home games for the league.

Sandnes ULF news:

Right from the start it seemed impossible for Sandnes ULF to resist to the superior Rosenborg’s team on Monday. Their effort became even more difficult after the first minute when they were losing by one goal.

They count only 2 wins in their 15 previous league matches in which they conceded at least one goal.

They have a record of 7 defeats in their last 8 away matches. In the 7 of them they conceded at least 2 goals.